2019 Defence Cooperation Scholarship Program Overview
Three Defence Cooperation Scholarship Program (DCSP) positions will be available to members of the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTArF, RTA, RTN, RTAF) in 2019. The positions will be available for suitable candidates who are able to commence a master level program from Jan 19.
The DCSP offers are provided as part of the Defence Cooperation Program and they represent a great opportunity for selected officers to undertake a fully funded master’s level program (full time) at an Australian civilian university.
The DCSP is aimed at the ranks of Captain to Lieutenant Colonel (03 to 05). Candidates should have clear potential for higher ranks and must possess effective English language skills sufficient to study at a postgraduate level (overall IELTS-A score of 6.5, no skills lower than 6). Candidates are expected to have a clear idea of the program they would like to study and how the qualification will address service needs and enhance the Defence relationship between Australia and Thailand. Further information about the DCSP can be located at www.defencescholarships.com.au. Please contact the Defence Cooperation Officer to request the login details for the website.
Australia will be providing an IELTS Preparation Course during the period 19 Feb - 18 May 18 for eligible 2019 DCSP candidates. The full time course (300 hours) will be conducted by IDP Silom and it is designed to support the candidates to achieve an IELTS-A score of 6.5 (no skills lower than 6) by 30 Jun 18. Please note, in order to be eligible for this training candidates must have achieved the following ADFELPS levels by 15 Jan 18; S6, W6, L6, R6. This is the minimum requirement to be eligible for the 2018 IELTS Preparation Course and no waivers will be granted. An outline of the 2018 IELTS training schedule and requirements is provided on the DCP website.
Each service is requested to nominate at least seven candidates (more are welcome) for the 2019 DCSP. Each candidate is requested to submit their CV, statement of purpose, nomination form, ADFELPS Writing Paper (writing task from ADFELPS test) and ADFELPS Test Report to the DCO by 15 Jan 18. Candidates that have achieved a valid (test taken between the period 01 Jan 17 - 15 Jan 18) IELTS-A 6.5 score with no skills lower than 6 are requested to submit their IELTS-A Test Report instead of the ADFELPS Test Report (no requirement for ADFELPS testing for these candidates). The following documents are provided on the DCP website; CV template, statement of purpose template and nomination form. ADFELPS tests are coordinated through the Service Language Centres.
Please note, candidates are required to use the CV template and the statement of purpose template provided on the DCP website when submitting their nomination. The candidate’s CV must provide a detailed employment history (including the nature of work experience and tasks undertaken in each role) and list of key duties undertaken in each position. Nominations that do not comply with the provided templates will not accepted.
If you have any further queries regarding this matter please do not hesitate to contact the DCO, Khun Sawitree Jongsuwat via telephone at 02 344 6386 or via email at Sawitree.Jongsuwat@dfat.gov.au